Outstanding New York State Five-Gallon Stoneware Squirrel Jug

Summer 2022 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 5

Estimate: $15,000-$25,000.A Note About Estimates

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Sold!  $27,000.


Outstanding Five-Gallon Stoneware Jug with Large Cobalt Feeding Squirrel Decoration, NY State origin, probably Ft. Edward, circa 1875, large-sized, cylindrical jug with tooled spout, decorated with an exceptionally large slip-trailed design of a seated squirrel feeding on a nut. This wonderful, stylized depiction of the animal has strong folk art appeal and includes an open mouth, whiskers, heavily-striped fur, and a plumed tail. A wide mass of striping forms the ground below. The squirrel is an extremely rare subject in 19th century American stoneware. This rendering of the animal is among the largest known figural designs known in 19th century American stoneware, with the squirrel itself measures an imposing 14 1/2" tall by 13" wide. The size and style of the design link it the iconic five-gallon churn with decoration of marching Civil War soldiers, lot 1A in Crocker Farm's July 19, 2014 auction, which sold for a near-record price for American stoneware at $402,500. The matching five-gallon capacity mark on this jug and the churn all but confirm that they are decorated by the same hand. A 1 3/4" x 1/2" spout chip. Other small spout chips. A minor 1/2" line and 3/8" line in spout. Two tight 1 3/4" lines near base on front, which appear to be in-the-firing. Staining to surface and very minor surface wear. H 18 1/4".



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